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President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump called the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle case a 'complete travesty'



President Trump on Friday blasted the recent not guilty verdict for an undocumented immigrant charged with the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle.

A jury for the Superior Court of San Francisco on Thursday acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges stemming from Steinle’s death in 2015.

“The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court,” Trump tweeted, referencing former President Barack Obama.

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“His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice,” Trump added before renewing his calls for a barrier separating the U.S. and Mexico. “BUILD THE WALL!”

Trump also tied Thursday’s verdict to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), arguing it will hurt their party in future elections.

“The jury was not told the killer of Kate was a 7 time felon,” Trump tweeted. "The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections.”

Trump earlier Thursday additionally said Zarate’s acquittal shows why “the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”

Jurors on Thursday acquitted Zarate of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a firearm.

Zarate was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun, and next faces a sentence ranging from 16 months to three years in California state jail.

The undocumented immigrant has already served well over two years in jail, however, meaning he will get credit for that time once a sentencing date is determined.

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Steinle, 32, was fatally wounded in 2015 while walking along the San Francisco waterfront by Zarate.

Zarate, 45, had been deported to Mexico five times before Steinle’s death and is now facing his potentially sixth deportation.

Steinle’s death has been widely politicized, and Trump has repeatedly cited it as evidence that so-called “sanctuary cities” policies like those in San Francisco lead to her death.

Sanctuary city policies are those that limit cooperation between local jurisdictions and federal immigration enforcement authorities.

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